As the new school year gets under way, opticians are emphasising the importance of regular eye tests. Experts are urging parents to take their children to a professional in order to check that their vision is not hindering their progress at school and on the sports field.
While Juan Carlos Martínez Moral, President of the General Council of Colleges of Opticians-Optometrists (CGCOO), underlines the need for eye tests at least once a year, in order to "rule out refractive problems such as long-sightedness, short-sightedness, or astigmatism", Francisco Jurado from Specsavers Ópticas warns parents of the issue of misdiagnosis, explaining that many children are labelled with "learning difficulties simply because of their poor vision".
Alarming statistics from charity ONCE suggest that one in every four children suffers from an undetected problem with their vision which could have a resultant effect on their development at school. The sooner such issues are detected, the better the outcome.